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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jun 10, 2009 5:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Importance of Pig...or not...?

I think user unknown is pretty close to what may have been the truth. And Tell, for shame, you dinna mention Good Morning Little Schoolgirl. At least it made the first album, and to me was always kind of a centerpiece of it, in that it stands out from the other tunes in it's bluesy funkiness...

EDIT: I was thinking more about this... There was no shortage of jamming/psychedelia in the "Pig Era," but having him there adds this bluesy/street edge, even on his admittedly few album cuts (nothing on Aoxomoxoa at all... same for Weir on that one). Once Pig is gone, that element of the GD was lost, never to return, and of course they still had the jamming side.

So, on balance, I think Pig adds more to the group than he hurts it. Dark Star excluded, of course. In some ways, via his personality, he adds MORE than any other keyboardist they had. Thank God Brent never tried singing "Mr. Charlie" or something... *shudder*

This post was modified by Styrofoam Cueball on 2009-06-11 00:29:20

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Poster: billydlions Date: Jun 10, 2009 5:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Importance of Pig...or not...?

I agree with that answer 100% Styrofoam. Pig was certainly instrumental in the Europe '72 tour and from '69 until '72 he was generally the show-stopper. I know I'm in the minority here on this board but I never cared for the band in the jazzy years after Pig left. It really wasn't until 76/77 that I started liking the music again and I've downloaded all the great shows from 73-75.